- Julian Zelizer: Activists should accept Susan Collins' gun control bill even if it isn't perfect
- He sees parallel to Civil Rights Act of 1957, which paved way for more significant steps
Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and a New America fellow. He is the author of "Jimmy Carter" and "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)The first sign of hope in the gun control debate in many years came this week as Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, offered legislation that would prohibit people who are on the "no fly" and other surveillance lists from purchasing guns. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer told reporters, "There may be a glimmer of hope now" since the proposal seemed to be a "step in the right direction."